Despite a Pandemic, Peat’s Cider Makes Progress

The new Peat’s Cider Social is back open and pouring hard ciders in its newly renovated taproom and patio. The Social opened at the end of June and has expanded its hours to accommodate the summer season. With six rotating taps and a stand-up cooler filled with to-go bottles, consumers are sure to find a hard cider or seltzer flavor to suit their palate.

After three years of making hard cider and self-distributing, the Peats knew they needed a taproom to get their cider into the hands of more people. Peat’s Cider Social has been a work in progress since July of 2019 when Leah & Dan Peat and Tiffany & Josh Cosner teamed up to purchase the historic Lakeshore Lanes and turn it into a cider-centered entertainment experience. They started making renovations to the bar area, created a reservable party room for all types of events, and even teamed up with Rocket Arcade of South Haven to supply retro games for a new arcade area. Fast forward to early March when they received their alcohol licenses and the taproom was ready for public debut. After hiring a few more talented team members, they began serving customers just as the Coronavirus hit, causing them to lock up shop.

The pandemic hasn’t stopped the team from making progress amid these trying times. During the shutdown, they created a colorful 4,000 sq. ft. patio area to accommodate more people safely and allow for food truck access. They also re-tooled to offer curbside pickup with bottles and growlers for purchase.

Their newest flavor, The Petal Pusher is crafted from hand-picked lavender from the Peat family farm in Paw Paw, Michigan and finished with lemon zest for a floral and refreshing flavor. Another fan favorite is the Ocean Man, using mango, guava and cascade hops for a juicy yet semi-dry flavor. Upcoming flavors to look forward to are a kaffir lime leaf + lime zest cider and a blood orange + peach cider, along with a grapefruit + rosemary hard seltzer.

While the bowling lanes and arcade are not currently operational due to the pandemic, the team is looking forward to seeing the public enjoy their current offerings and the local food trucks they’ve been partnering with. August will see The Salty Nag, Silly Sausage, On The Roll, Captain’s Woodfired Pizza, Nola Roux and Don Chepe’s Taco Truck with more to be announced as the month goes on.

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